The sixth annual Napa Truffle Festival will celebrate the European truffle with culinary and scientific events and seminars from Friday, Jan. 15, through Monday, Jan. 18.
The festival, held at the Westin Verasa Napa, will also host tastings, truffle and wine pairings and meals, prepared by host chef Ken Frank of La Toque.
The festival will conclude on Monday with a free truffle marketplace at popular Oxbow Market in downtown Napa, offering truffle menus, local wines and cooking demonstrations.
Tickets range from $195 to $420 per day. Attendees can also purchase single-event tickets.
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For more information, visit napatrufflefestival.com.
Indiana Jones Concert
What: Symphony Silicon Valley will honor the film hero Indiana Jones with a live orchestral performance of the musical score from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
Where: 255 Almaden Blvd.
Cost: Tickets range from $70 to $95
What: The 20th annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will showcase films hailing from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other European nations.
When: Thursday, Jan. 14, through Wednesday, Jan. 20
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Thursday through Sunday); Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush St. (Monday through Wednesday)
Cost: Tickets range from $11 to $15 per event
What: Enjoy three days of rustic eating and exploration on California’s Central Coast. The event will feature foraging hikes, silent auctions and five-course meals prepared by expert chefs Suzette Gresham and Paul Corsentino.
When: 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, through 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
Where: Locations throughout Big Sur
Cost: Prices range from $35 to $185 per event
What: The UC Santa Cruz Women’s Club will present the ninth annual Chocolate Festival, an afternoon of chocolate and wine tastings, music, competitions, workshops and cooking demonstrations. A two-hour workshop “Chocolate Alchemy 101” will teach the art of chocolate making and demonstrate several chocolate recipes.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
Where: 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
What: Nevada City will host a film festival featuring the environment, outdoor adventure and activism. Screenings of award-winning films such as “Far From Home” about a Ugandan snowboarder and “After the Spill” about the impact of the BP oil spill off Louisiana run from Thursday through Monday.
When: Thursday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 18
Where: Various venues
Cost: $80 for full weekend pass; individual event tickets $15 to $30